Did Stalin Kill Kirov and Does It Matter?*

@article{Lenoe2002DidSK,
  title={Did Stalin Kill Kirov and Does It Matter?*},
  author={Matthew E. Lenoe},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  year={2002},
  volume={74},
  pages={352 - 380}
}
Late in the afternoon of December 1, 1934, Leonid Nikolaev, a disaffected former party member, shot to death Sergei Kirov, Politburo member and head of the Leningrad party organization. The murder occurred in a corridor of the Smolny Institute, party headquarters for the area, and office workers apprehended Nikolaev immediately. The following day the Soviet press reported the crime, blaming it on “enemies of the working class” and providing no details.1 Into the information vacuum left by the… 
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